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Reviews of Richard III starring Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios

July 14, 2014 

A round-up of reviews for Richard III starring Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios

Reviews of Richard III

Martin Freeman in Richard III

Martin Freeman in Richard III. Photo: Marc Brenner


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EARLY REVIEWS (Note: these are of preview performances, which is a practice not condoned by most legit press)
The Other Bridge Project

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Dessa Rose at the Trafalgar Studios

July 11, 2014 

The European premiere of Dessa Rose, from the writers of Ragtime, comes to the Trafalgar Studios starring Cynthia Erivo and Cassidy Janson.

Dessa Rose is the acclaimed musical from the award-winning writers of Ragtime, Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music).

Coming to the Trafalgar Studios from 29 July 2014, the show features rising stars Cynthia Erivo (The Colour Purple, Sister Act, I Can’t Sing!) and Cassidy Janson (Candide, Avenue Q).

Based on the best-selling book by Sherley Anne Williams, Dessa Rose is a powerful story set in 1846 about two young women, one black and one white, who are both searching for acceptance in an intolerant world.

Featuring music from blues and folk to hymns and gospel, Dessa Rose blends history and fiction in this hugely powerful and touching production.

THE STORY

Dessa Rose (Cynthia Erivo) is a young slave faced with a life of intense hardship in the deep South of America because of the colour of her skin. Ruth (Cassidy Janson) is a young white mother who faces discrimination because of her gender. Together they stand up to a barrage of hostility in their search for acceptance and discover the true value of unconditional friendship.

THE CAST

Cynthia Erivo, Cassidy Janson, John Addison, Edward Baruwa, Sharon Benson, Miquel Brown, Alexander Evans, Cameron Leigh, Fela Lufadeju, Gabriel Mokake, Abiona Omonua and Jon Robyns.

Photos of Richard III

July 6, 2014 

Production photos of Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios starring Martin Freeman

Photos by Marc Brenner

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Photos: Richard III starring Martin Freeman – Rehearsals

June 19, 2014 

Rehearsal photos of Richard III, as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios starring Martin Freeman.

Martin Freeman rehearsing for Richard III. Photo: Marc Brenner

Martin Freeman rehearsing for Richard III. Photo: Marc Brenner

Rehearsals have started for Jamie Lloyd’s next production at the Trafalgar Studios as part of his Trafalgar Transformed season.

Shakespeare’s Richard III will get a starry new production courtesy of some fabulous casting including Fargo, The Hobbit and Sherlock star Martin Freeman as Richard III, Maggie Steed as Queen Margaret and Gina McKee as Queen Elizabeth.

Richard III starts previews on 1 July 2014.

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Land of our Fathers at the Trafalgar Studios

June 11, 2014 

Theatre503’s powerful production of Land of our Fathers transfers to Trafalgar Studios.

The debut play from rising new talent Chris Urch gets a West End transfer as Theatre503’s acclaimed production of Land of our Fathers transfers to the Trafalgar Studios (2 September – 4 October 2014).

A blistering comedy full of a generation of lost voices, Land of our Fathers is directed by Paul Robinson and stars veteran actor Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient) and Kyle Rees (The Pride).

THE STORY

3rd May 1979, South Wales. Thatcher is counting her votes, Sid Vicious is spinning in his grave and six Welsh miners are trapped down a coal mine. Within two weeks everything these men believe in and everything they know will have changed.

CAST

Cast includes Taylor Jay-Davies, Clive Merrison, Joshua Price and Kyle Rees

REVIEWS

From the original Theatre503 run of the show
“Undeniably powerful” – The Guardian
“A blisteringly good debut” – Time Out
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Evening Standard
★★★★★ Time Out
★★★★★ South London Press
★★★★ What’s on Stage

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A Handful of Stars starring Keith Duffy at the Trafalgar Studios

June 11, 2014 

Boyzone star Keith Duffy makes his West End stage debut in this acclaimed revival of Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars at the Trafalgar Studios.

Following an acclaimed run at Theatre503, this revival of Billy Roche’s powerful drama A Handful of Stars transfers to the Trafalgar Studios (25 June – 25 July 2014).

Part of Roche’s Wexford Trilogy of plays, A Handful of Stars is directed by Paul Robinson and stars former Boyzone band member and Coronation Street’s Keith Duffy.

THE STORY

In the Irish town of Wexford where ‘shot-gun’ weddings are outnumbered only by random acts of violence the pool hall is Jimmy’s sanctuary. But will such a place embrace his bright ambition or bring it down, burning to the ground?

CAST

Cast includes Keith Duffy (Boyzone, Coronation Street), Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O’Hagan (End of Days), plus Brian Fenton, Colm Gormley, Maureen O’Connell and Michael O’Connor.

REVIEWS

From the original Theatre503 run of the show
★★★★ “cleverly pitched revival” (Guardian)
★★★★ “outstanding” (Times)
★★★★ “blazes, charms and thrills” (Evening Standard)
★★★★ “A glorious revival” (Telegraph)
★★★★ “startling precision and believability” (The Upcoming)

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Boyzone star Keith Duffy to make West End debut

June 11, 2014 

Two new shows from London Fringe venue Theatre503 are to transfer to the Trafalgar Studios this autumn.

Keith Duffy in A Handful of Stars

Keith Duffy in A Handful of Stars

Following the news that former Boyzone star Ronan Keating is to make his West End debut in musical ONCE at the Phoenix Theatre, his fellow Boyzone bandmate Keith Duffy is to also tread the West End boards for the first time.

Duffy, who is also known for Coronation Street, will reprise his role in the Theatre503 revival of Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars from 25 June to 25 July 2014 at the Trafalgar Studios in London.

The Battersea fringe venue will also see another of its plays, Land of our Fathers by Chris Urch, also transfer to the Trafalgar Studios from 2 September to 4 October 2014.

Both shows are directed by Paul Robinson and mark Theatre503’s first West End return since The Mountaintop in 2009.

A Handful of Stars will feature Keith Duffy, Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O’Hagan (End of Days) and is part of Roche’s Wexford trilogy of plays.

Land of our Fathers, set on the eve of the 1979 General Election and about a community of Welsh miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine, stars Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient), Kyle Rees (The Pride), Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations) and Joshua Price.

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JANE HORROCKS in East is East

May 16, 2014 

Jane Horrocks stars in East is East at the Trafalgar Studios in London

Jane Horrocks

Jane Horrocks

Jane’s stage credits include Annie in Annie Get Your Gun and Shen Te in The Good Soul of Szechuan (both Young Vic); Lemon in Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court); Jane in Absurd Person Singular (Garrick Theatre); Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse/West End); LV in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Theatre/Aldwych Theatre).

Her TV work includes Julie in Trollied (Series 1-3 and Christmas Special 2013); The Cruise, Little Crackers – Barbara, Mrs Stenton in This is Jinsy, Felicity in Coming Up: A Kind of Magic; Gracie Fields in Gracie, Ros Pritchard in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Angela Quinn in The Street, Yitta Hilberstam in Mirrorball, Bubble/Katy Grin in Absolutely Fabulous, Teresa Franklin in Linda Green (all BBC); Sadie Swettenham in Jericho and Margaret Morris in The Road to Coronation Street (ITV); and Never Mind the Horrocks (Hat Trick Productions).

Film credits include Jean in Sunshine on Leith, Mrs Plum in Corpse Bride (directed by Tim Burton), Babs in Chicken Run, LV in Little Voice, Nicola in Life is Sweet, Faith in Memphis Belle, Miss Irvine in The Witches, Pattern in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Rita in The Dress Maker. –

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AYUB KHAN DIN in East is East

May 16, 2014 

Ayub Khan Din stars alongside Jane Horrocks in East is East at the Trafalgar Studios in London

Ayub Khan Din

Ayub Khan Din

Ayub Khan Din wrote East is East in 1997 as his first play, following an initial career as an actor.

East is East was staged at the Royal Court and Ayub then adapted the play into a successful British film starring Om Puri and Linda Bassett, for which he won a British Independent Film Award and a London Critics’ Circle Film Award, and was nominated for two BAFTAs for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Carl Foreman Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and a European Film Award for Best Screenwriter.

Ayub’s stage credits include Bunty Berman Presents off Broadway, for which he starred and co-authored.

Film credits include My Beautiful Laundrette, and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.

TV work includes Coronation Street, London Bridge, The Chief, Dangerfield, Boon, The Bill and Poirot.

Other writing work includes Last Dance at Dum Dum, Notes on Falling Leaves, All the Way Home, Rafta Rafta (Olivier Award winner for Best New Comedy) at the National Theatre, West is West, All in Good Time, and an adaptation of To Sir With Love.

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East is East at the Trafalgar Studios starring Jane Horrocks

May 9, 2014 

Jane Horrocks and Ayub Khan-Din star in a new revival of East is East at the Trafalgar Studios

Part of Jamie Lloyd’s second Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios, East is East is a modern comedy classic about growing up in multiracial England in the 1970’s.

A hugely successful British movie starring Om Puri and Linda Bassett, East is East is written by Ayub Khan-Din, who stars as George alongside multi award-winning stage and screen star Jane Horrocks (Annie Get Your Gun, Sunshine on Leith, Absolutely Fabulous) as Ella – a mixed race married couple bringing up their kids in 70’s Salford.

East is East is directed by Sam Yates and runs until 3 January 2015 at the Trafalgar Studios.

THE STORY

Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan is determined to give his kids a strict Muslim upbringing against the unforgiving backdrop of 1970’s Salford. Household tension reaches breaking point as their long-suffering English mother, Ella, gets caught in the cross fire – her loyalties divided between her marriage and the free will of her children.

THE CAST

Jane Horrocks stars as Ella Khan in East is East, alongside Ayub Khan Din as George Khan, Amit Shah as Abdul, Ashley Kumar as Tariq, Darren Kuppan as Maneer, Nathan Clarke as Saleem, Taj Atwal as Meenah and Michael Karim as Sajit.

Further cast include Sally Bankes as Auntie Annie, Rani Moorthy as Mrs. Shah and Hassani Shapi as Mr Shah/Doctor, plus Ash Rizi, Karl Seth, Deepal Parmar and Pamela Bennett.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “Jane Horrocks, brusque, tough, tender, cigarette permanently in hand, is beautifully observed as the mother” FT
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Telegraph
★★★★ Independent

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